Are you lost in your heart?
Today’s Proverb: The heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10
This verse might be a “Blink Proverb”** for you — I know it was for me. Honestly, who wants to meditate on the bitterness in our heart? Or, the second part of the verse about no one being able to share in our joy?
Here’s what struck me this morning: King Solomon is right that no human can see into our heart. Therefore, no one can truly know our bitterness or joy. Yet, there is One who knows and sees — our Creator.
“If we had forgotten the Name of our GodPSALMS 44:21,22, TLV
or stretched our hands to a foreign god,
would God not have discovered it?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.”
“By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and set our heart at rest before Him whenever our heart condemns us. For God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”1 JOHN 3:19-20, TLV
Our Father is greater than our heart. I love that! He longs to deliver us from the bitterness and hate. He longs to share in our joy. The same applies to sadness and grief and fear — the ache that can make us feel hollow (Proverbs 14:13). Our Father is there to comfort us in ways no one else can.
PSALM 23: 4, TLV
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff comfort me.”
PSALM 94:19, TLV
“When my troubling thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations comfort my soul.”
I read this proverb and realize it’s a reminder that we’re not alone. We don’t have to get lost in the storms of our emotions. He’s there to pull us up and back into safety and peace. And that’s a good thing.
May we reach out and let Him into our heart, my friends.
**A “blink” proverb is a proverb that on the surface, we don’t believe applies to us or is relevant for today. However, on closer reflection, there are significant insights and wisdom for us. Thanks to Dr. Raleigh Washington for coining the great analogy.